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April 27, 2021   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

Hours: 9 am - Noon  and 1 - 4 pm Appointments are still encouraged. 

Helen Riehle - SoBu Dogs Message YT

SoBu Dog Recreation Etiquette

City Council Chair Helen Riehle has 2 golden retrievers that she likes to walk on the recreation path and in the parks. In this video, she shares some guidelines for SoBu Dog Recreation Etiquette. 

Two key reminders:

  1. Keep your dog on leash.
  2. Clean up after your dog and dispose of waste in the trash.

Watch the message.

Real Estate Appraisal

Reappraisal Update

There has been a delay with when Change of Appraisal Notices will be mailed.  Expect to see them mailed in the middle to end of May.  The reappraisal will be completed on time and new values will be in effect for the 2021-2022 tax year.

Read important information.

I89 Corridor Study

Council Makes Recommendation on I-89 Corridor Study

By a vote of 3 – 2, the South Burlington City Council has recommended to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) that the Commission focus its study and planning around building a new Interstate 89 interchange where Hinesburg Road passes over the Interstate.

Read more.

Route 7 - traffic signals 1

Traffic Signal Upgrade Commences on Shelburne Road

The Vermont Agency of Transportation in conjunction with Engineers Construction, Inc. (ECI) has begun a signal upgrade project on Shelburne Road, from McIntosh Avenue north to Swift Street. The six intersections include McIntosh Avenue, Baldwin Avenue, Laurel Hill Road, Brewer Parkway, Queen City Park Road and Swift Street. 

Read more.

Housing - planning and construction

Council Considers Three Interim Zoning Applications.

The South Burlington City Council reviewed three development applications during Public Hearings under Interim Zoning during their meeting on April 19.  The Council continues to operate under the Interim Zoning process whereby development applications must be reviewed by both the Development Review Board (DRB) and the Council during a period where the City’s Land Development Regulations are being considered for significant changes.  The City may operate under Interim Zoning for a maximum of three years the end of which will come this Fall. 

Read more.

Affordable Housing -realtor sign

Fair Housing Month

Each April, we celebrate the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act to raise awareness about housing discrimination and the positive role that inclusive, affordable housing plays in thriving communities. Fair Housing is the right to equal opportunity in housing choice and the right to rent, buy, finance, and live in a home free from discrimination or harassment.  

Read more.

Volunteer hands header

Apply to Serve on a City Committee!

We are still accepting applications to fill open seats on the following City Committees:

  • Affordable Housing (1 seat)
  • City Charter (2 seats)
  • Dog Park (1 seat)
  • Economic Development (4 seats)
  • Pension Advisory (1 seat)
  • Recreation & Parks (1 seat)

Applications are due by Monday, May 3 Interviews will be held and appointments made in June. Service begins July 1.

Learn more or apply.

Kennedy Street crosswalk

Kennedy Drive Twin Oaks Crosswalk Project

City staff officially kicked off the engineering effort associated with the implementation of a new pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Kennedy Drive and Twin Oaks Terrace.  This is a much-needed crossing that will safely allow pedestrians and bicyclists to cross a very busy roadway.  It involves the elimination of the eastbound Kennedy Drive right turn deceleration lane onto Twin Oaks, while also installing an offset Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon-protected crosswalk.

Read more.

Hinesburg Crosswalk

Hinesburg Road Crosswalk Projects

The City recently completed a scoping study with the assistance of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) that identified possible locations for a number of new crosswalks along Hinesburg Road, between Williston Road and Kennedy Drive.

This study noted a need for new crossings at four locations, including Ruth Street, Prouty Parkway, Wright Court, and at the Awasiwi Trail crossing.  It also identified needed improvements to the St. John Vianney crossing that would make it safer for pedestrians.

Read more.

Allen Road - bike boxes

Allen Road Shared Use Project Construction

In 2017, a CCRPC scoping study was completed and identified a preferred alternative for filling a gap in the City’s shared use path infrastructure along Allen Road.  This approximately 800-foot gap begins just east of Baycrest Drive and extends up Allen Road to the intersection of Spear Street. 

Read more.

Williston mutual aid - fire - april 2021

Fire Fighters Provide Mutual Aid in Williston

SBFD Ladder 1- Shift 3 provided mutual aid at a 4 alarm fire in the Town of Williston earler this month. Crews were hampered by lack of water and a long narrow dirt road to the property that overlooks Lake Iroquois. The building suffer extensive fire damage and several sections collapsed as firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames . No injuries were reported.

Dover Place - April 2021

More Housing Under Construction in City Center

Construction is now underway on Dover Place.  Located in City Center on the northern section of Garden Street, Dover Place will be a 43 unit apartment building; designed to meet the growing demand for workforce housing. 

Read more.

Draft Environmental Protection Standards Ready for Public Comment

The City’s volunteer Planning Commission is seeking public feedback on a proposed overhaul of the Environmental Protection Standards portion of the City Land Development Regulations. The proposed regulations update, and in some case expand, existing standards related to wetlands and wetland buffers, river corridors, 100-year floodplains, and stormwater management. They also propose new sections addressing Habitat Blocks, Habitat Connectors, Steep Slopes, and the 500-year floodplain.

Learn more and see how you can participate.

Spring/Summer Home Improvement Projects?

Tools for home reno

Has time at home got you thinking about a home improvement project?  A bathroom re-do? Making that home office more permanent?  Creating more indoor/outdoor spaces?  Then now is the time to check-in with Planning & Zoning if you have spring/summer building projects on the horizon and want to start or learn about the permitting process. 

Don’t know if you need a permit for the project you are considering? Our FAQs may help.  We also have detailed “How To” guides on our website that will walk you through the permitting process.

As always, if you have questions you can reach out to Planning & Zoning staff at or 802-846-4106.


(Department of Labor Stresses Heightened Awareness for All Vermonters)

MONTPELIER – A letter from the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) may be your first notification that a fraudulent unemployment insurance claim has been filed in your name. VDOL
reminds all Vermonters that if you receive a letter from the Department in your mailbox, be sure to open it, to ensure there was not a fraudulent claim filed using your information.

Learn more.

School District Events & News

SB School District logo

School Board Meeting

May 5   |  7 pm

Agenda can be found at


SBHS Nordic Team Volunteers 

SBHS Volunteers - Catamount Trail

The Catamount Trail Association partnered with the South Burlington High School Nordic Team this past weekend for an end of season ski waxing service project. The Catamount Trail Associations youth program, Ski Cubs, is a free learn-to-ski program that introduces youth to cross country skiing by providing access to instruction and equipment throughout the winter. We work with students at schools throughout Chittenden and Addison County and have partnerships with local organizations and schools to serve those with limited access to winter recreation opportunities.

After a busy season, we were excited to partner with SBHS’s Nordic Team to undertake the huge task of decommissioning our skis and getting them ready for next winter. The students waxed over 50 pairs of skis, and did so in record time! The Catamount Trail Association is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this dedicated team of students from South Burlington.

- submitted by Courtney Dickerson, Outreach and Youth Programs Coordinator, Catamount Trail Association


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Monday, May 3   |  6:30 pm  | Virtual

  • Interviews with applicants for appointment to South Burlington Boards, Commissions and Committees
  • Public hearing and possible Council action on the extension of the Interim Bylaws. (warned for 7:30 PM)
  • Council follow-up from joint meeting with Planning Commission and questions posed by the Commission
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Watch the Last City Council Meeting Recording

Want to see what happened during the latest City Council meeting? Can't attend the live session online?  We've got you covered. You can watch the recorded April 19 meeting here.

Helen Riehle and Travia Childs

Perspectives on Derek Chauvin Trial
An Interview with Dr. Travia Childs, South Burlington School Board member

City Council Chair Helen Riehle chats with Dr. Travia Childs, South Burlington School Board member about the Derek Chauvin trial and its outcome.

Watch on YouTube.

Ginny Denham - art utility box


South Burlington has an amazing array of public art, adorning walls, underpasses, City-owned utility boxes and in parks. Want to see them all? Join South Burlington's Art Hunt competition! Any time during the month of May (National Bike Month), go for a bike ride and take a selfie with any of the South Burlington artistic utility boxes, murals or sculptures. Make sure to include your bike (or your kids/other people on bikes). 

Learn more!

City Clerk's Office:
How to Access Services

Need to access the Clerk's office for a title search, vital records, or marriage license? 

Visit the City Clerk's page and see how to do so!


Top Dog & First Feline 2021

At the April 5 City Council meeting the winners for 2021’s Top Dog and First Feline was drawn. The lucky winners were:

Rowan - 2021 Top Dog

Rowan2021 Top Dog

Mr. Finnigan - 2021 First Feline

Mr. Finnigan, 2021 First Feline

April Stools - poop bag with dog

April Stools Roundup - 9 Heavy Duty Garbage Bags Collected!

The April Stools Day event on April 10th at Wheeler was very successful.  We had a lot of extremely energetic volunteers that filled 9 heavy duty garbage bags with dog waste.  This was a lot of work, and another reminder to all park users to please pick up after your pets.  Dog waste can cause illness in wildlife and humans, as well as pollute our local waterways. 

Thank you again to our amazing volunteers for a great start to Earth Month!

Weed Warrior - April 2021

Weed Warriors Kick Off Earth Day!

The City celebrated Earth Day by kicking off the Weed Warrior season at the Underwood parcel.  The event was held on April 24th.  It was wonderful to get our passionate Weed Warriors back in action after a year off, and they were able to make significant progress in removing non-native invasive plants at Underwood.

Read more.

Wheeler Trail Maintenance

Wheeler Trail Maintenance this Summer

The City is excited to announce that trail maintenance is coming to Wheeler this summer.  The City will be working with Timber & Stone, LLC, to knock out several different maintenance projects along the following trail segments: Wheeler Trail, Sugarbush Trail, and Creek Trail. 

Read more. 


Keeping Track of Vermont’s Birds
May 15  |  8AM  |  Wheeler Nature Park

Join Audubon Vermont’s Conservation Program Manager Mark LaBarr as he discusses the many ways researchers and community scientists monitor Vermont’s bird populations.

Learn more and register.

Green Up Day


Always the first Saturday in May, this year Saturday, May 1 marks 51 years of proudly continuing Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition.
Volunteers statewide will come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. 

See how you can participate this year.


Green Up Day

Green Up Vermont Receives $64,616  

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) announces that the first Supplemental Environmental Project for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is approved. The first project is in partnership with Green Up Vermont, which orchestrates Vermont's annual Green Up Day each year. Green Up Vermont will receive $64,616 from CSWD, which will help fund the organization's 2021 and 2022 Green Up Days.

Read more.

Sue Alenick

Volunteer Recognition

The United Way recognized Sue Alenick during National Volunteer Week! Sue has been a volunteer at United Way of Northwest Vermont for the past 26 years!  Read more.


Thursday Night Take out 2021
Chalk the Walk
Memorial Day 2021 - ad


The Library is currently operating only curbside service.  See the current hoursCurbside Pickup: M, Th, F 11-3 pm and T, W 2-6 pm

Call us at: 802-846-4140.


Come See Us

Lee - in library

Watch this video to see what you can access now!

Despite what that funny fellow in the video above says, the days of being closed to the public are coming to an end. The Library staff is looking forward to seeing you…in person!

We will be open to the public beginning on May 3.    M, Th, F 11-3, Tu & W 2-6, Sa 11-3.

Holds will still be available for pick up outside the library doors. Per the VT Department of Health: Stay home if you are sick; Wash your hands; Stay at least 6 feet apart; Wear a mask; get the COVID-19 vaccine. We can’t wait!


Jennifer murray

Public Library Aspire Fundraising Campaign Underway

The South Burlington Public Library’s new home, at 180 Market Street, opens this summer. Located in the heart of City Center, the jewel in the crown of this amazing new building for the community which houses the library, City Hall and a Senior Center, will be an inspiring gathering place that will benefit the entire community.

The South Burlington Library Foundation (SBLF) has launched the Aspire fundraising campaign to raise funds for the new library, to enhance the creation of engaging spaces (the Children’s Library, teen and Tween rooms, and a 100-seat auditorium), purchase the latest technology to increase learning and creative interaction, and expand all areas of collection.

Learn more.

The City of South Burlington is Hiring!

Looking for a Full and or Part time job?  The City of South Burlington is looking to hire part-time, full-time and summer positions.  We are looking for great people to work here in the City. Our team is focused on keeping South Burlington one of the best places to live, work, and visit.

CLICK HERE for our most current openings.